The Rubberbandits take top Fringe Festival prize

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

THE Rubberbandits have won a top UK comedy award for their show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

THE Rubberbandits have won a top UK comedy award for their show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The plastic-bag wearing rappers won the Malcolm Hardee award for ‘Best Comic Originality’ at a prize-giving ceremony in Scotland on Friday, beating off stiff competition from some of the world’s top comics in the process.

The group - consisting of Blind Boy Boat Club, Mr Chrome and Willie O’DJ - instantly proclaimed the award to be the “comedic equivalent of the Noble Prize”, but, joking aside, the award caps off an incredibly successful stint at the world’s largest arts festival.

The Limerick rappers played 14 shows at the Fringe - most of them completely sold out - in the Gilded Balloon Teviot in Edinburgh, attracting rave reviews for their energetic and surreal performances.

BBC and Channel 4 both featured the ‘Bandits during the course of the festival, while they were also invited to perform on Frankie Boyle’s Variety Performance during prime time in the UK last night on Channel 4.

The successful stint was crowned by winning the top award, dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Hardee, one of Britain’s legends of alternative comedy, voted for by his peers and thought of as a “godfather to a generation of comic talent”.

A spokesman for the ‘Bandits’ management said the festival created “great momentum” for the group, who will appear in a pilot episode of their own for Channel 4 in early October and who had promised to put on the “funniest, filthiest comedy rave in the festival’s history” before starting their stint in Edinburgh.

“Overall Edinburgh has been amazing, there was a huge buzz about the lads at the festival, and the award is a huge one to win,” said the spokesman.

The Rubberbandits are due to appear at the Valentia Isle Festival, which takes place on takes place on September 14-16, and the Dublin Fringe Festival on September 22. See